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Marcuse, Herbert

Born: 1898 AD
Died: 1979 AD
Nationality: German
Categories: Philosophers

1898 – Herbert Marcuse, born on the 19th of July in Berlin, Germany. He was a German-born American philosopher, sociologist and a member of the Frankfurt School.

1922 – After completing his Ph.D. thesis at the University of Freiburg on the German Künstlerroman, he moved back to Berlin, where he worked in publishing.

1929 – He returned to Freiburg to write a habilitation with Martin Heidegger, which was published as Hegel’s Ontology and Theory of Historicity.

1933 – Joined the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research, emigrating from Germany that same year, going first to Switzerland.

1940 – He published Reason and Revolution, a dialectical work studying Hegel and Marx.

1943 – He transferred to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). His work for the OSS involved research on Nazi Germany and denazification.

1945 – 1951 – He was employed by the US Department of State until as head of the Central European section, retiring after the death of his first wife.

1952 – Began a teaching career as a political theorist.

1958 – 1965 – At Columbia University and Harvard, then at Brandeis University, where he was professor of philosophy and politics, and finally (he was by now past the usual retirement age), at the University of California, San Diego.

1979 – He died on the 29th of July, after having suffered a stroke during a visit to Germany.